07 Nov


November 7, 2016

All Welcome to the first Landscape Urbanism Lecture of 2016-17   Title: AGROECOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF THE CITY Presenter: Chris Smaje Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Date: 11th November 2016 Time: 14:00 Venue: 32 Bedford Square, First Floor Front   Our present urbanising world is heavily reliant on a high input cereal agriculture from the world’s continental grasslands, but its sustainability is questionable. Do agroecological approaches provide a better long-term model for agriculture – and if so, what are the implications for current residential and occupational patterns? Chris Smaje runs Vallis Veg, a small farm in the southwest of England. It aims to explore in an engaged but open-minded way the […]

02 Mar

Kiruna 4-Ever, How to move a City? Monday 7th MARCH AA SOFT ROOM 2 PM

March 2, 2016

    Kiruna 4-Ever, How to move a City? MONDAY 7th MARCH AA SOFT ROOM Presenters: Geoff Denton and Linda Thiel from White arkitekter AB Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 7th March 2016 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room Abstract: Kiruna is an industrial town in the Arctic north of Sweden where the sun never sets in the height of summer and never rises in the depths of winter. A region with reindeer husbandry, snow, Sami people, and the Aurora Borealis overhead to further set the filmic scene. Kiruna, with 18,000 inhabitants, was created by the world’s largest underground iron ore mine, Kirunavaara, on the city’s western border. The […]

29 Feb

Archeology: Culture and Cultural Heritage as key drivers for development by Richard Hughes. 29th February, AA softroom

February 29, 2016

All welcome to Ruchard Hughes Lecture part of Landscape Urbanism Lecture Series at AA Software 29th February 2 pm. Richard Hughes is an archaeologist from ARUP and will present: Culture and Cultural Heritage as key drivers for development. In this session at the AA Richard Hughes, Vice President of ICOMOS-UK and Arup Consultant will explore the concepts, principles and ethics of conservation and illustrate the many tools, technologies and types of data that can be brought into play in conservation and also in development master planning, detailed scheme design and in place-making. Examples of the approaches will be presented. Images of a Mosaic in the Metropol Parasol Plaza Seville and […]

16 Feb

Learning from Water, lecture by Fabio Vanin – Latitude Platform , 22th February, Architectural Association

February 16, 2016

Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 22th Februaryr 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room Abstract: Water management, hydrogeological dysfunctions, cultural ​​and identity values related to water, are just some key cross-scale and interlinked issues that are increasingly present both in academic studies and professional assignments that deal with the territory. When coping with water, designers and researchers are often forced to rethink their learning and creative approach, moving towards complex outputs such as long-term visions, scenarios, process planning as well as specific technical solutions.     Can water become the privileged lens through which we look at the territory? Can water become the unavoidable “layer 0” of the praxis of design? Through a series of recent works of […]

30 Jan

Can we design our way into the Doughnut? Lecture by Kate Raworth @ the AA

January 30, 2016

Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 1st February 2015 Time: 14:00-15:30 Venue: Soft room Humanity’s challenge in the 21st century is to meet the human rights of over 10 billion people, while safeguarding the planetary life-support systems on which all of our wellbeing depends. In other words: to get into the Doughnut – the safe and just space in which all of humanity can thrive. What are the key drivers that determine whether or not we will succeed? How can we transition from an economy that is degenerative and divisive by default to one that is regenerative and distributive by design? This talk will explore how design – be […]

11 Dec

Projective Sandscapes is an AA Landscape Urbanism Design thesis

December 11, 2015

Projective Sandscapes is an AA Landscape Urbanism Design thesis by Elena Longhin, Chris Lo and Howe Chan which delves into questions related to ongoing desertification processes and remote landscape influences. The project attempts to negotiate and choreograph dunes formations as a way to re-sew preserved urban clusters and transforming their morphological conditions in landscape spatial qualities. This approach may be further applied to similar cases across Europe undergoing desertification proccess:   http://issuu.com/aala…/…/aa_projectivesandscapes_aalandscape

09 Dec

What type of projects are produced within the AA Landscape Urbanism programme?

December 9, 2015

What type of projects are produced within the AA Landscape Urbanism programme? A distinct feature of The AA Landscape Urbanism program is the production of a comprehensive yearlong Design/Research project which goes beyond short-term design studios and exercises. The project/research outcome is design based and has a multi-scalar scope, meaning that students develop design strategies and scenarios of large territorial projects at continental, regional, local and architectonic scale. As the programme operates within contemporary conditions and understands urban environments as interconnected and related territorial landscapes, the envisaged projects within the Master have far reaching implications at local (architectural) and global (territorial) scales and thus, the various design outcomes are very […]

03 Dec

What is AA Landscape Urbanism

December 3, 2015

The AA Landscape Urbanism (AALU) model is DISTINCTIVE. Some have envisaged Landscape Urbanism as a means to decamp the depopulated western post-industrial city; to use landscape as the medium through which the urban can be reprogrammed for its post-fordist fate. Others have adopted a critical regionalist position in which landscape is mobilised in the conservation of site and tradition against the encroachments of globalisation and its supposedly universalising technology. The POSITION developed, within the AALU programme has ESCHEWED both the strategies of dispersal and the politics of conservative resistance, largely as a result of the locations with which we have been engaging.     The ever expanding metropolises of Mexico, Sri Lanka, Dubai and China, Europe for example, have rendered any straightforward adoption of others’ models incongruous to its concerns. On the other hand, the programme’s […]

04 Nov

Flooding Mechanism Lecture 10th November Architectural Association-Soft Room

November 4, 2015

Presenters: Silvia Ribot, Lida Driva, Drimita Bra ‘Flooding Mechanisms’ Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 10th November 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room Abstract: The lecture will present theFlooding Mechanisms project thesis part of the AA Landscape urbanism programme: The project proposes a new DESGN approach towards ‘Water Management Policies’ in Europe and specially the North of Spain. It intersects social and geo-morphological formations to intervene and design new productive and political entities that could make use of micro-flooding in order to envisage alternative scenarios of river and agricultural landscapes to current technocratic conditions. Figure 1. Catogenesis  –  Image  by Silvia Ribot, Lida Driva, Drimita Bra

23 Oct

“Simulating landscape evolution and the impacts of human intervention” Lecture at the AA

October 23, 2015

Presenters: Andrew Barkwith ‘Simulating landscape evolution and the impacts of human intervention’ Series: Landscape Urbanism Open Lecture Series Date: 27th October 2015 Time: 14:00 Venue: Soft room, Architectural Association, Bedford Square   Abstract: The Earth’s land surface is home to over 7 billion people and we rely on it for food, water, shelter, energy and general prosperity. This surface is constantly evolving, its dynamics driven by a suite of hydrological and geomorphic processes that vary with climate and human induced change. We have been trying to understand these processes for millennia and, in the past, have used drawings, classifications and maps to analyse the changes that we see. A natural development […]